Concussion and minor traumatic brain injuries recently made the news again at the beginning of the 2015 Rugby World cup. Concussions are often not dealt with in a safe and appropriate manner and players often return to play rugby again soon after a head injury. World Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer Martin Raftery said: "There's no doubt that the biggest area that we know where concussion is going to occur is in the tackle, so that will help us to look at the tackle and see what we can do to make it safer.”
Dr Raftery also said "My job is to identify risk and then look for solutions and then present those solutions to the law-makers to make the changes that will bring about protection of the athlete."
Research on concussion and head injury has been a discussion point and area of research for many years including the NFL (American football league) in the United States of America.
Mr LJ Conradie, Consultant Neuropsychologist at Psicon, commented on recent news items where Rugby players were involved in an event on the field that caused concussion. Mr Conradie said: “Athletes are often left without the necessary support when suffering a concussion due to limited services available throughout the country for ‘minor traumatic brain injuries’. Concussion (especially if not treated appropriately and if the patient suffered another concussion) can have serious consequences long term which can affect the individual’s ability to concentrate, remember informaion and their ability to function in day to day life. These injuries could also have significant effect on relationships and the individuals functioning within their home environment.”
Mr Conradie stresses “It is important that players will see experts including Neuropsychologists to guide them in rehabilitation after a head injury”.
Original Source: BBC News